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Kiki's Delivery Service

Rated NR 103 minutes 1989

A distribution deal with Disney made this charming feature-length animation (1989) the first big U.S. success for Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli. The title character, a 13-year-old witch, must spend a year on her own to find herself, and her pilgrimage to a beautifully detailed northern European town brings new friends and challenges. The characters are gently and warmly rendered, and a climactic action sequence involving an unmoored dirigible hints at the stately grandiosity of Miyazaki's masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle (2004). The English-dubbed version released by Disney features Kirsten Dunst as the young witch and Phil Hartman, in his last voice performance, as her wiseacre black cat, Jiji.

Film Credits

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer: Hayao Miyazaki, Morihisa Takagi, Yasuyoshi Tokuma and Mikihiko Tsuzuki

Cast: Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi, Keiko Toda, Mieko Nobusawa, Koichi Miura, Haruko Kato, Hiroko Seki, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Koichi Yamadera, Kikuko Inoue, Y√Ľko Kobayashi, Mika Doi, Takaya Hashi and Chika Sakamoto

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